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Greg Olsen | Tight End

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 253
College: Miami (FL)
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Greg Olsen caught three passes for 27 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.
Olsen secured three of Cam Newton's four completions. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out for the year, Olsen projects as the focal point of the Panthers' passing offense. He will be hard pressed to surpass the 123 targets he saw last season, but he will once again be among the top-targeted tight ends in the league. Aug 25 - 9:07 AM
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Panthers signed TE Greg Olsen to a three-year, $22.5 million extension through 2018.

The deal includes a whopping $12 million signing bonus. Headed into the final year of his contract, Olsen had been set to make $5.25 million. The new deal is well deserved for one of the league's most consistent players. Olsen has caught at least 69 passes each of the past three seasons, and posted new career highs in receptions (84) and yards (1,008) last season. He turns 30 next week.
Mar 5 - 5:23 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton expects Carolina to extend TE Greg Olsen's contract before the 2015 season.

With Olsen able to become a free agent after the 2015 season, Newton expects the Panthers will try to get something done this summer rather than letting the situation drag into the season. After Olsen put up a career year in 2014, Carolina runs the risk of "buying high" on a player that will be 30-years-old when the season begins. Olsen has been extremely consistent over the last three seasons, however, and the aging curve for tight ends is usually less steep than other positions. A three- or four-year deal could make sense for both sides.
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Jan 31 - 11:14 AM

Greg Olsen said he hasn't had any substantial contract extension talks with the Panthers yet.

Olsen's deal is not a priority as he's signed through the 2015 season. It would also be silly for the Panthers to "buy high" right now as the tight end is coming off a career-best season at age 29. We wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers make Olsen play out 2015 as a contract-year player, ensuring he's highly motivated as the No. 2 pass-game weapon behind Kelvin Benjamin.
Jan 27 - 10:14 AM

Greg Olsen caught four passes for 58 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Olsen's first catch didn't come until the third quarter, but he was able to exploit the seam just like he has all year. Making his first career Pro Bowl, Olsen somewhat quietly set career-highs in catches (84), targets (122) and yards (1,008). He was fantasy's No. 4 tight end, only behind Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. An ideal secondary target behind Kelvin Benjamin, the 30-year-old (in March) Olsen will return in 2015 highly motivated in a contract year.
Jan 11 - 12:48 AM

Greg Olsen caught three passes for 37 yards in the Panthers' Wild Card win over the Cardinals.

He was targeted five times and had a big gain called back on a holding penalty by LT Byron Bell. Cam Newton was off all afternoon, missing high and wide to his receivers. Olsen saw one target in the end zone, but Newton was drilled on the pass and threw it into the dirt in front of his tight end. Olsen will again be Newton's No. 1 receiver next week in the Divisional Round against either Seattle or Green Bay, but he's going to need better play from his quarterback.
Jan 3 - 8:18 PM

Greg Olsen caught two passes for 27 yards in the Panthers' Week 17 win over the Falcons.

Olsen was targeted three times on a day Cam Newton attempted just 16 passes. With the Panthers blowing the Falcons out, there was no need for OC Mike Shula to dial up any passes. The Panthers defense also had two pick-sixes, meaning the offense didn't get the ball a ton. Olsen will be a solid tight end play in DFS next week at home against the Cardinals.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Greg Olsen secured just 1-of-3 targets for 21 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Browns.

With Jerricho Cotchery taking on a bigger role, Olsen wasn't targeted until midway through the second quarter. It's also worth noting that Cleveland has played stingy defense versus tight ends all year. Olsen will close out his career-best regular season in Week 17 at Atlanta.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 10 passes for 110 yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Buccaneers.

The Panthers improved to 5-8-1 with Cam Newton expected back in Week 16, and a chance at winning the NFC South division. Derek Anderson's favorite target in his Week 1 start and again on Sunday, Olsen piled up a whopping nine first-half targets and had seven catches for 76 yards through two quarters. Olsen suffered a head/shoulder injury in the third quarter, but returned to the game. He finished at 13 targets. The Panthers will host the reeling Browns next.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Greg Olsen (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Olsen's knee wasn't an issue in Week 14. He'll be a top-five option against the Bucs.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 10-of-11 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 14 win over the Saints.

In a tough matchup, Olsen responded by posting the first 10-catch game of his career. He now has 26 grabs over his past four games, and 71 on the season. The TE1 needs only three receptions in Week 15 against the Bucs to set a new career high.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:35:00 PM

Greg Olsen (knee) is active for Week 14 against the Saints.

Olsen's status was never in doubt despite his "questionable" tag. Although he's been a high-end TE1 all season, Olsen will be more of a mid-range option against a Saints defense that's had success bottling up tight this season. Inactive for the Panthers are RB DeAngelo Williams, CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, LB Horace Miller, OT David Foucault, OG Amini Silatolu and DT Micanor Regis.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Greg Olsen (knee) is questionable for Week 14 against the Saints.

He's going to play. Treat Olsen as a mid-range TE1 with a decent floor.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:57:00 PM

Greg Olsen (knee) returned to practice Thursday and Friday.

He was limited after sitting out Wednesday's session. Olsen will be fine for Week 14 against the Saints. He's our No. 8 tight end play this Sunday.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Greg Olsen (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Olsen took a shot to the knee in Week 13. He stayed in the game, but was operating with a noticeable limp. He's fully expected to play against the Saints.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:36:00 PM